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noun Botany.
  1. the characteristic fruit of the apple family, as an apple, pear, or quince, in which the edible flesh arises from the greatly swollen receptacle and not from the carpels.
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Origin of pome

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin pōma, plural (taken as singular) of pōmum fruit
Related formspome·like, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • But it looked from the pome like she wuz dead 'nd that he loved her.

    A Little Book of Profitable Tales

    Eugene Field

  • "I'se got a pome," said Stephen, and drew a piece of paper from his pocket.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • Mar got a hundred dollars for that pome, from that editor feller and his pardner.

  • Eastern people don't appreciate this "pome" as Western farmers do.

    Overland Tales

    Josephine Clifford

  • I think there is little doubt that this is the Pome Water of Gerard.

    British Pomology

    Robert Hogg

British Dictionary definitions for pome


  1. the fleshy fruit of the apple and related plants, consisting of an enlarged receptacle enclosing the ovary and seeds
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin pōma apple, pl (assumed to be sing) of Latin pōmum apple
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Word Origin and History for pome


late 14c., of types of apples or apple-shaped objects, from Old French pome "apple" (12c., Modern French pomme), from Late Latin or Vulgar Latin *poma "apple," originally plural of Latin pomus "fruit," later "apple" (see Pomona).

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pome in Science


  1. A fleshy simple fruit that has several seed chambers developed from a compound ovary and an outer fleshy part developed from the enlarged base of the flower. The pome is an accessory fruit and is characteristic of certain plants in the rose family, such as the apple and pear. Also called false fruit Compare berry drupe. See more at accessory fruit simple fruit.
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